Ruman Mac Colmáin
?-1747; Annals of Tighernach for a.d. 747 contains obit. for Ruman
Mac Cólmain, poeta optimus quievit; likewise described by annalist
as being adept in wisdom, chronology, and poetry, while the
Book of Ballymote claims for him the title of the Virgil of Ireland.
The story of his visit to Dublin in pre-Scandinavian days is preserved
in a vellum MS in the Bodleian, thought to have been translated from the
Book of Ratháin Ua Suanaigh (now Rahan, co Offaly); the latter
fact cited in Petrie, Ecclesiastical Arch. of Ireland, p.353. [See George
A. Little, Dublin Before the Vikings, p.20].
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